It appears many Floridians will fail to seek compensation for smoking-related diseases and conditions despite the creation of an individual legal right by the Florida Supreme Court. I can make this statement because the statute of limitations for smokers (and the relatives of deceased smokers) is approaching and many significantly injured or deceased smoker claims will likely not seek a timely legal consultation.
I wish there were a way to turn the cravings for nicotine into cravings for just compensation.
While most smokers are well aware that quitting can be an intense battle, many underestimate the severity of cravings and the role cravings play in putting them at risk for relapse. A recent survey found that almost nine out of ten smokers (87 percent) who quit smoking started again because of everyday “situational cravings” and more than three- quarters of smokers (80 percent) believe they could quit if they were able to get through their cravings. Situational cravings are caused by frequent smoking in everyday circumstances the brain has come to associate with nicotine, such as driving in the car, talking on the phone, or drinking coffee. This may help explain why smokers will quit on average up to nine times before they successfully do so for good.
If you are a Florida resident, the next time you experience a limitation caused by smoking I suggest you crave justice from the tobacco industry and contact a Florida law firm working on the individual tobacco cases now recognized by the Florida Supreme Court – before your rights expire.
All of the law firms undertaking these claims, including my firm, Perenich, Carroll, have developed screening and evaluation steps that are free to potential claimants.